Better Maps coverage, new imagery, and news on the Homepage
Bing Maps is not the only service from Microsoft that has been recently enhanced to keep users in the game at the 2012 Olympics in London.Microsoft also brought a series of changes to the Bing Homepage, to keep users up to speeds with the latest news and updates from the games.
“Over the course of the Summer Games 2012, we will be featuring daily highlights and images on the Bing homepage, so check back every morning to get up to speed on what’s happening,” the Bing Team explains.
But this is not all. As long as games are rolling in London, Bing will also offer Summer Games 2012 Instant Answers, so that users could find info related to the Olympics faster and easier.
“For the duration of the games we are making it fast and simple to get up to speed on the games. Bing will serve Instant Answers based on the most common things searched during the games, so you don't get left behind,” the Bing Team explains.
“Looking for real-time updates on the latest medal count, simply type ‘medal count’ into the search box and Bing will serve up the tally at the top of the results page. Note these will not appear until the first medals are awarded.”
Users will be provided with info on the London Games 2012 Schedule, as well as with details on the performing athletes, or on various world records.
On top of that, there is new Bird's Eye, Streetside, and Aerial Imagery of London, complemented by enhanced Venue Maps and the Bing Maps transit directions improvements recently announced.
“To coincide with the opening ceremonies, today we are releasing new Bird’s Eye, Streetside, Aerial Imagery and Venue Maps of London in Bing Maps,” the Bing Team notes.
“You can get an up close view of iconic structures and venues including The Olympic Stadium, The Orbit (now the tallest art structure in London,) The Aquatics Center and Water Polo Arena, The Basketball Arena and more.”
For those attending the games, Bing Maps provides 15 individual Olympic venues, as well as detailed mapping of the newly constructed Olympic Park. To have a look at them, one simply has to head to www.bing.com/maps/venues and select the United Kingdom.